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Meet Meisha Ross Porter, New York City’s New Schools Chancellor

The first Black woman to head the nation’s largest public school system rose through its ranks. She’s facing enormous challenges as she replaces Richard Carranza — starting with getting high schools reopened.

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NYC Middle School Students Set to Head Back to Buildings in Late February

Roughly 62,000 children are expected to return to in-person classes. Mayor de Blasio did not say when high school students might be going back to campuses.

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Staten Island Special Education Students Sue to Join Neighborhood School Classrooms

The federal class-action suit argues that borough kids with special needs aren’t receiving equal services in District 75 schools, which serve some 25,000 students across the city.

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NYC Announces Sweeping Changes to Middle, High School Application Process

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza on Friday said that the COVID-19 pandemic has forced them to dramatically alter the public school admissions process.

NYC’s ‘Situation Room’ is Supposed to Respond Quickly to School COVID-19 Cases. It’s Not Working, Council Members Say.

The program, critics say, has been riddled with glitches — including long waits for test results, conflicting guidance for principals and confusing letters to families.

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NYC School Reopening Again: What to Know About Heading Back to Class Amid COVID

Even as buildings reopen, families should brace for individual classroom and school closures if coronavirus cases are identified. More here on Monday’s return to in-person learning for 200,000 students.

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NYC Elementary School Students Can Return to Buildings Dec. 7, as de Blasio Shifts Strategy

As COVID cases grow across the five boroughs, the mayor said the city will no longer use a percentage positivity rate to shutter buildings. Schools serving students with significant disabilities will reopen Dec. 10.

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Most NYC Students Are Learning Online, But The City’s Virtual Teaching Strategy Remains Elusive

On a given school day, up to 800,000 students are expected to sign in for remote learning from home — but New York City has yet to put forward a detailed strategy to help schools improve online instruction.

NYC School Buildings Will Open Monday, But Imminent Closures Loom

The coronavirus positivity testing rate has been creeping up toward the 3% threshold set by Mayor de Blasio for stopping in-person learning. Gov. Cuomo now suggests the city’s cutoff is too strict.

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How Thousands of NYC Students with Disabilities Missed Out on Services

Annual report, which covers the last school year, offers a partial view of the impact of the pandemic and remote learning on 200,000 special education students. But it shows many were shortchanged.


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Schools Remote-Learning Hub Limits Identity Options for Nonbinary Students

Comptroller Scott Stringer, who is running for mayor, tells Chancellor Richard Carranza: "We need to do everything possible to accommodate all students in their diversity."

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Principals Union Calls for de Blasio and Carranza to Give Up Control of Schools Amid New Reopening Chaos

The union’s executive board cast a unanimous vote of no confidence in the mayor and schools chancellor after deal that will let more teachers work remotely.

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‘Ready to Quit’: Deal Allowing More NYC Teachers to Work from Home Threatens New School Staffing Chaos

With students at every grade level allowed to return to school buildings Oct. 1, principals are scrambling again to figure out schedules.

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Many NYC Students Still Waiting for Devices to Get Online as Remote Learning Ramps Up

School officials have 20,000 leftover iPads. But some families have been waiting for more than two months. Education department miscommunication has led to more confusion and delays, several principals said.

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Brooklyn Yeshivas Blow NYC-Set Deadlines on Bolstering Secular Studies

Letters to Carranza detailing a child’s plight offer insight into the crisis as slow action follows de Blasio’s delayed release of damning report. "It’s child abuse," one mother decared.

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NYC Ventilation Reports Say Most Classrooms Are Safe. Educators Aren’t Convinced.

Educators say the DOE’s education reports do not match what they see on the ground, and want more information about how city leaders are making decisions about which spaces are safe.

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New York City Schools’ Reopening Delayed After Mayor, Unions Reach Safety Deal

Regular coursework will not resume for students in-person or remotely until school buildings reopen on Sept. 21 — 11 days after originally planned. Random coronavirus testing is on tap.

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Teachers Strike Authorization Vote Looms as Union and City Launch Last-Ditch Safety Talks

With in-person classes set to start Sept. 10, coronavirus testing remains a key sticking point. The union wants mandatory tests for all, while Mayor de Blasio says voluntary testing is enough.

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‘Things are Getting Real’: NYC Teachers Union Prepares for Strike Authorization Votes

Calls for a strike ratchet up pressure on Mayor de Blasio to delay the scheduled return to in-person instruction on Sept. 10 amid COVD crisis. The first vote is expected Monday.

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NYC Schools Can Hold Classes Outside This Fall, And Chancellor Suggests Well-Funded PTAs Could Help Pay for It

Asked about how the city will address disparities in access to outdoor learning materials, Chancellor Richard Carranza suggested that wealthier PTAs could help other schools.